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‘This series is not going to be of any help’

DNMUM394138 | 8/9/2017 | Author : Rutvick Mehta | WC :1087

Gautam Gambhir is not one who minces words. On a visit to Mumbai as an analyst for ESPN Cricinfo, the World Cup-winning India opener talks to Rutvick Mehta about how a series against weaker opponent like Sri Lanka may not be much of a preparation for Kohli & Co aiming for bigger things and why Hardik Pandya has to improve by leaps and bounds. Excerpts...
INDIA IN SRI LANKA
Two dominating wins for India in two Tests in the series so far. Is the gulf between the two teams too wide?
There is a huge gap between the two teams, especially from the bowling attack’s point of view. If the opposition makes 600 both the times, you can judge the quality of the attack.
Quality of the attack aside, the Indian batsmen had to still go out there and score the runs, isn’t it?
Absolutely. When you get to 600, you’ve got to obviously give credit to the batters as well. You’ve got to go out and score the runs.
But again, winning the toss both the times really helped India as well. At the same time, I thought the Sri Lankan bowling was very, very mediocre. If you’re playing a Test match with one seamer,
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